Variety The Children's Charity Changes Lives
Teaming Up With Variety to Give Kids a Voice
Edgar Snyder & Associates has long been a supporter of Variety the Children's Charity and its programs for children with disabilities. We see how adaptive equipment makes all the difference in the lives of children and their families throughout western Pennsylvania.
Custom built and designed for each child's specific needs, equipment like bikes and strollers help them more easily socialize and play with their siblings and peers.
Now we want to help get the word out about another of Variety's life-changing programs called MyVoice.
About Variety's MyVoice Program
Imagine if you couldn't communicate with your loved ones. What if you couldn't tell them you are hungry, that you are in pain, or even that you love them?
Variety Pittsburgh launched its newest initiative, the MyVoice program, in November 2014 to help ensure that children with communication disorders have their own voices to do just that.
Through the program, children who qualify receive their very own communication device—an iPad— that comes complete with a prescribed communication app. Each device comes with a convenient strap to make it easy for the child to carry with them everywhere they go.
This means that kids have a voice at doctor's appointments, restaurants, and at home with their families—everywhere. The communication devices help them continue the progress they've made at school—where many have communication devices to use during classroom instruction.
Applying for Variety's MyVoice Program
Do you know a child with a communication disorder who might benefit from Variety's MyVoice program?
To be eligible for the program, the child and/or his family must:
- Have a communication disorder documented by a speech language pathologist.
- Reside within Variety’s 29-county service area in Pennsylvania that includes: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Perry, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, and Westmoreland.
- Be between the ages of 4 and 21 years. Note: An application may be submitted up to 60 days prior to the child’s 4th birthday.
- Submit a letter of medical justification (LJM) from a speech language pathologist stating the child has successfully trialed an iPad as a communication device and that it would be appropriate for use at home and at school.
- Meet income guidelines and complete the application process.
How You Can Help
If you think your child—or a child you know—qualifies for the MyVoice program, please visit the MyVoice application page for more information and to start the application process.
To make a donation or find out how you can make a difference in the life of a child, visit Variety's website.